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Please help us spread the word to Springfield families — Those who opt into the 413families text campaign receive twice-weekly messages about cool family activities and events, early literacy tips, school messages, and health, fitness & attendance information.  As an incentive for families to join the growing number who are part of the campaign, the Springfield City Library has put together a great, book-filled gift basket, and one lucky person who joins by Friday, April 29, will be selected to win!

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What better way to teach children — those with autism and those who need to understand autistic children — than with beloved PBS KIDS characters?  Dear Elmo of Sesame Street knows how to love everyone, and doesn’t love follow understanding?  This video clip reveals how Sesame fans can lovingly learn about autism.

An equally powerful resource is Thomas & Friends.  Not long ago WGBY staff learned at a Thomas & Friends event just how much an autistic boy loved Thomas & Friends and how his teachers were using Thomas & Friends resources to motivate him to learn.

You can find PBS resources on autism for teachers and parents.  (more…)

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Perhaps, like me, you’d never head of SOS Children’s Village schools like this one in Mbabane, Swaziland, where children design a waste bin to reduce litter around their school.  SOS Children’s Villages is a global organization to help orphaned and abandoned children, more than 80,000 boys and girls in over 540 villages in 133 countries, including here in the United States.

PBS KIDS’ Design Squad Global — a 10 month after school program/club — connects 8-13 year olds in the U. S. with those in Swaziland, Botswana, and southern Africa.  You can learn more about this exchange and find Design Squad online resources (more…)

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Young New England cooks may have a special advantage when they submit their recipes to the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge since a regional focus, using locally grown items, will be extra special.  We hope you’ll share Michelle Obama’s invitation to the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge with kids ages 8-12.  In collaboration with a parent or guardian, they can create an original lunch recipe that’s healthy, affordable, and tasty.  As they follow the Challenge’s guidelines, kids can learn habits for a lifetime of healthy eating AND have a chance to win a trip to Washington, DC to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House.

You can learn more about how students can become winning chefs and serve as healthy food ambassadors for their state plus find great classroom resources on food and nutrition.  Just

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“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss

I love how this quotation reminds us how to see and treat children.  But it is hard to limit oneself to just one line from Dr. Seuss.  Another of his quotations — “Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.” — can be among the many reasons to celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday 112 years after his birth, right here in Springfield MA.

PBS KIDS recognizes the genius of Dr. Seuss, whose inspirations continue to delight and teach children.  (Another Dr. Seuss quotation:  “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”)  In addition to his books,  PBS KIDS offers many resources (more…)

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SciGirls, an award-winning PBS KIDS series, website, and national outreach initiative for ages 8-12, is in its 3rd season.  Inspiring girls to science are animated characters Izzie, her best friend Jake, and the SciGirls — bright, curious, real-life scientist mentors.  Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the SciGirls website, a safe social networking environment where girls can play games, connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode.

You can also find hundreds of SciGirls’ resources for students (more…)

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The first duty of love is to listen.”  Paul Tillich

Making time to read with a child seems a goal many parents set.  In an article at PBS Parents, Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.,Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill-Cornell Medical College, makes a cogent case for reserving time, perhaps at the end of the day, to listen to children.

In his article at PBS Parents, How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child, — one you may want to share with parentsDr. Barish points out the inevitable “emotional injuries” that children experience and what parents can say to help (more…)

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